April 30, 1919, Manitoba Free Press
Talks between the Winnipeg Building Trades Council and the Winnipeg Builders' Exchange fail.
Workers are looking for pay increases to make up for what was lost due to wartime inflation, about 20 cents per hour, depending on position. The Builders' Exchange presents a single proposal not open to negotiation. The increase presented is believed to be in the five to ten cent range.
A strike vote is held and the decision is to strike.